Dad let kid die in hot car: mistake or murder?

This article is more than 12 months old

Last week, a father left his kid in the car while he was at work.

That day, the temperature in the city of Atlanta hit a record 33 deg C, and the 22-month-old child died of hyperthermia

Was it an honest mistake?

Justin Ross Harris, 33, told police he had forgotten to drop the kid off at daycare and only realised it seven hours later.

But police claim to have evidence suggesting it was murder.

#1: They had breakfast together

According to the warrant, Harris placed the child in a "rear facing car seat" after eating breakfast at the Vinings Chick-fil-A restaurant on June 18 before driving to work.

Still, Harris could have forgotten about the child after breakfast.

#2: Harris returned during lunchtime

The warrant also stated that Harris accessed the car during his lunch break. He put something in the car before returning to his workplace.

Still, Harris might not have noticed the child.

#3: He did an Internet search

Harris had apparently done a search on his work computer on how long it would take an animal to die in a hot vehicle.

Investigators seized his computer at the Home Depot corporate office in the US state of Georgia after his arrest.

Okay, so that search is rather incriminating. We can't fathom why someone would want to know that.

Police released a statement saying: "'The chain of events that occurred in this case does not point towards simple negligence and evidence will be presented to support this allegation."

Harris is being held in the Cobb County Detention Center without bond. He is being charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second degree.

An online petition to get Harris' charges dropped has been signed by more than 11,000 people.

Sources: Mail Online, Hollywood Life, Time,,, Huffington Post, Newsfix